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Strauss R.: Salome
Ulf Schirmer; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Zurich Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Catherine Naglestad; Doris Soffel
Vladimir Jurowski; William Kentridge; Sabine Theunissen; Greta Goiris; Matthias Goerne; Asmik Grigorian
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Donald Runnicles; Richard Jones; Metropolitan Opera; John Macfarlane; Quinn Kelsey; Dwayne Croft
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The Met revived Jurgen Flimm's modern production of Salome, with Patricia Racette making a successfu last minute role debut in the title role.
Detlev Glanert's first religious composition, a staggering Requiem for solo voices, two choirs and orchestra, pits the demonic against the angelic, and is worthy of the genius it celebrates.
Strauss' penultimate opera is treated to a lavish if superficial staging at the Salzburg Festival, but the real rewards come from the musical performance of this unjustly neglected work.
Budapest's Wagner Festival opens with an excellent Rheingold in a skilful combination of singing, acting and projections.